Matt Cole

Transmission issue prompts recall of nearly 2,000 Kenworth, Peterbilt tractors

Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.

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Cargo theft incidents dropped in 2017, but average value held, firm reports

Cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard is reporting a 15 percent decrease in cargo theft volume in 2017 when compared to 2016, along with a nearly negligible increase in average loss value year-over-year.

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FMCSA allowing lower mounting of trailer rear ID, clearance lamps for TrailerTail aero devices

FMCSA contends that because all trailers are required to have red and white reflective sheeting or reflectors to indicate that a trailer is part of a commercial vehicle rather than a passenger vehicle, the lights do not have to be positioned at the top of the trailer.

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Electrical contractors seek ELD exemption

The group states the operation of commercial vehicles by the line workers that would be covered under the exemption “is so limited that the ELD requirement is triggered infrequently.”

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Truckers largely favor rescinding glider kit emissions restrictions; OEMs and dealers mostly oppose

According to the public comments, there is no general industry consensus on the issue. Owner-operators mostly sounded off in favor of EPA’s move to rescind the regulations, while representatives from fleets, truck OEMs, dealers and environmental groups want to keep the regulation as-is.

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Top fleet introduces $50,000 bonuses, paid out over four years, for team drivers

Teams can earn up to $8,000 each year in bonuses and $4,000 in vacation time by running 60,000 miles four times over the course of a year. If the drivers choose not to take vacation time, they will be paid $500 per driver for each week of unused vacation at the end of each year.

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Rhode Island to begin trucks-only toll construction this week

RIDOT says after the gantries are installed, its tolling contractor will begin an approximate one-month test of the system before the tolls go live to truckers.

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Custom sleepers, while costly, can ease relentless OTR lifestyle

At a cost of $200,000 to $300,000, if not more, a new truck with a custom sleeper isn’t something for a novice owner-operator, but the amenities are worth it for many who spend a lot of time away from home.

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FMCSA clarifies how to submit crash preventability review requests for pilot program

For the crash preventability program, carriers need to select “Crash could not be prevented” in DataQs, ensure that the crash occurred after June 1, 2017, and select an eligible crash type. If a preventable crash ruling is changed to non-preventable, the crash is removed from a carriers' CSA score.

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Better health: Trucking lifestyle can lead to headaches

Trucking can be a high-stress job that leads to poor eating and sleeping habits. These factors – as well as alcohol, smoking, poor posture and more – can lead to headaches of varying length and severity.

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